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The Mercenary (Order of the Broken Blade #2) by Cecelia Mecca. Historical Romance Release & ARC Review.

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Loyalty to his friends has made him a traitor. A fake marriage is the last thing he wants . . . and the one thing he needs.

Loyalty to his friends has made him a traitor. A fake marriage is the last thing he wants . . . and the one thing he needs.

Guy Lavallais never expected to marry. But when a nun overhears him making treasonous overtures to a bishop, she makes a shocking ultimatum: marry her or she’ll tell all. And there is plenty to tell. Guy is a member of the Order of the Broken Blade, a brotherhood of knights seeking to tame King John—or if that fails, to overthrow him. If the wrong person learns his secret, Guy will die a traitor’s death.

Of course, Lady Sabine isn’t a nun at all. She was brought to the abbey against her will, and she’ll do anything to escape. Even bribe a wickedly handsome mercenary. She tells herself the marriage doesn’t matter—it’s a temporary measure to protect her from her guardian. Once she and Guy part ways, she’ll be free to pursue her passion. And yet, the more time she spends with the mercenary, the more he awakens other passions.

Their pretend marriage begins to feel very real, but Guy’s mission for the order soon threatens both their arrangement and their very lives.


After the deaths of her parents, Lady Sabine was sent to a convent.  Despite her escape attempts the reverent mother is determined she will be a nun.  An overheard meeting could change that for her. 
Sir Guy Lavallias is a mercenary and reputedly the best swordsman in England.  He and his brothers in arms are known as The Order of the Broken Blade.  Their mission is to save England from a corrupt King John.  Treason is a very dangerous undertaking. 
For a previously sheltered young lady our heroine has more than her share of courage and determination.  Our hero has only known fighting his whole life.  The only people who really know him are his friends in the Order. 
There is a lot of danger and excitement in this story.  The characters are fabulous.  Each book in the series is linked to the others.  It would be better to read the series in order,  but each one is a complete story on it's own. 
I've loved both of the ones I've read. 


Cecelia Mecca is the author of steamy historical romance that transports readers to the middle ages. A former English teacher, Cecelia combines two of her passions, romance novels and the middle ages, transporting readers to an admittedly romanticized time of knights and castles. Her first series, set along the Anglo-Scottish border in 13th century Northumbria, turned Cecelia from educator to full-time author. Readers love the Border Series for its focus on well-developed characters and their steamy relationships leading to satisfying happily ever afters. Cecelia lives in Northeast, Pennsylvania with her husband and two young children where she can be found either planning a Disney trip, watching period dramas or convincing her children to watch Star Wars. She is firmly House Stark and Gryffindor.

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